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Group of three bowl barrows on Creech Heath 650m ESE of Dodson's Farm, forming part of the Creech Heath round barrow cemetery

A Scheduled Monument in Church Knowle, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.6558 / 50°39'20"N

Longitude: -2.1073 / 2°6'26"W

OS Eastings: 392508.607268

OS Northings: 84021.084822

OS Grid: SY925840

Mapcode National: GBR 336.VCQ

Mapcode Global: FRA 67GB.QTY

Entry Name: Group of three bowl barrows on Creech Heath 650m ESE of Dodson's Farm, forming part of the Creech Heath round barrow cemetery

Scheduled Date: 31 May 1961

Last Amended: 22 March 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1014141

English Heritage Legacy ID: 28318

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Church Knowle

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Wareham Lady St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes a group of three bowl barrows orientated east-west
along a sandstone ridge of Creech Heath in the Isle of Purbeck, overlooking
the Purbeck Hills to the south. The barrows form part of a cemetery of five
round barrows on Creech Heath.
The barrows each have a mound composed of earth, sand and turf, with
dimensions of between 10m and 23m and between c.0.5m-2m in height. Each mound
is surrounded by a ditch from which material was quarried during the
construction of the monument. The ditch of the eastern barrow is visible as an
earthwork 2m wide and c.0.5m deep. The ditches of the other two barrows have
become infilled over the years, but will survive as buried features c.1m wide.

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.
It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features,
considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

Round barrow cemeteries date to the Bronze Age (c.2000-700 BC). They comprise
closely-spaced groups of up to 30 round barrows - rubble or earthen mounds
covering single or multiple burials. Most cemeteries developed over a
considerable period of time, often many centuries, and in some cases acted as
a focus for burials as late as the early medieval period. They exhibit
considerable diversity of burial rite, plan and form, frequently including
several different types of round barrow, occasionally associated with earlier
long barrows. Where large scale investigation has been undertaken around them,
contemporary or later "flat" burials between the barrow mounds have often been
revealed. Round barrow cemeteries occur across most of lowland Britain, with a
marked concentration in Wessex. In some cases, they are clustered around other
important contemporary monuments such as henges. Often occupying prominent
locations, they are a major historic element in the modern landscape, whilst
their diversity and their longevity as a monument type provide important
information on the variety of beliefs and social organisation amongst early
prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of their period
and a substantial proportion of surviving or partly-surviving examples are
considered worthy of protection.

The three bowl barrows on Creech Heath 650m ESE of Dodson's Farm survive
comparatively well and will contain archaeological and environmental
evidence relating to the cemetery and the landscape in which it was

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Historical Monuments in the County of Dorset: Volume I, (1970), 442
Mention destruction of barrow,

Source: Historic England

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